2007-01-12 / Front Page

Bank Teller Busted For Forgery, Larceny

By Howard Schwach


The Washington Mutual Bank on Beach 116 Street where Loncke allegedly took funds from a customer.The Washington Mutual Bank on Beach 116 Street where Loncke allegedly took funds from a customer. A Rockaway Park bank employee was arrested last week for forging a customer's name and stealing money from his account, police officials say.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the personal finance executive as Osnah Loncke, 23, who worked at the new Washington Mutual Bank at 211 Beach 116 Street.

Court records say that on October 23, Loncke was working with Rockaway resident Jerry Davis, who was withdrawing an unspecified amount of money from his personal account.

Those records allege that on that same day, Loncke signed Davis' name to a withdrawal slip and took $800 from his account without his knowledge or permission.

On November 3, Loncke again forged a withdrawal slip with Davis' signature and took another $650 from that account, making a total of $1,450 illegally taken from Davis' account.

When he got his bank statement at the end of November, Davis reportedly called the bank and spoke with a fraud investigator for Washington Mutual, Ernesto Castillo, who traced the two withdrawals to Loncke.

Loncke was questioned by Detective Andrew Barone of the NYPD's Special Frauds Squad and admitted that he made unauthorized transactions from Davis' account and that he signed Davis' name to those withdrawal slips, court records say.

Loncke was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on January 3, charged with forgery in the second degree, criminal possession of a forged document, grand larceny and identity theft.

Officials of the Washington Mutual Bank declined to comment about Loncke's actions.

Davis was not available for comment at press time.

Loncke was released on his own recognizance for his next court date on February 13.

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